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About South Gate

Located at the intersection of Interstates 105 and 710, South Gate is situated just south of Los Angeles. The South Gate of today is an urban community in the center of the Los Angeles metro area, spanning just over 7 miles and serving as home to a diverse population. With several mature neighborhoods, a variety of city parks and a strong local economy, South Gate continues to attract people seeking a friendly place to live, work and play.

The History of South Gate

The area was first discovered by Spanish explorers in the mid-18th century and granted to Spanish settlers in the early 19th century. The Lugo family owned the land where South Gate now sits, as well as much of the surrounding area. The land was passed down through the family, with several land grants increasing their property ownership. The area near the south gate of the property would eventually become the city of South Gate, but it was home to a large population of cows and just a few local ranchers for quite some time.

About 100 years later, newcomers to the area purchased several tracts of land and began to attract residents with newly constructed homes. South Gate continued to grow slowly after its incorporation in 1923, and like many Southern California cities, it saw a large population boom shortly after World War II.

Jobs in South Gate

South Gate and the Greater Los Angeles metro area are home to numerous businesses in the health care, motion picture and business services industries. Among the area's largest employers are health care facilities Kaiser Permanente, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Miller Children's Hospital, while Walt Disney Co., Sony Pictures Entertainment and Warner Bros. Studios provide thousands of TV, film and media jobs. South Gate jobs also get a boost from local business service companies like VXI Global Solutions, Security Industry Specialists and AHMC Healthcare.

If you're looking for a job in South Gate, you might want to start with the area's largest industries: trade and transportation, professional and business services, and education and health services. If you can't find anything within South Gate limits, downtown Los Angeles has a variety of jobs and is just a short commute away.

South Gate Schools

Students who live in South Gate generally enroll in the Los Angeles Unified School District. You also have the option of enrolling your child in one of the many private schools in South Gate and the surrounding Los Angeles area, with a range of options whether you're looking for something faith-based or secular.

If you're hoping to pursue higher education in South Gate, the conveniently-located South Gate satellite campus of East Los Angeles College provides a variety of degree paths.

Resources for Moving to South Gate

Here's some helpful information for planning your transition to South Gate:

  • Utilities: South Gate's primary energy providers are Southern California Edison and Southern California Gas. The city of South Gate manages local water services and requires a deposit to start services.
  • Garbage and Recycling: Your trash and recyclables will typically be collected curbside in most residential areas of South Gate.
  • Transportation: GATE, or the Get Around Town Express, is an intercity bus route that travels on a fixed loop throughout South Gate. Metro services provide transportation in and around the city as well.

South Gate Housing

If you're hoping to find budget-friendly homes in South Gate, you should focus your search along Long Beach Boulevard and north of Mason Street. You'll find more expensive homes along California Avenue in the center of town and near South Gate Park on the east side of town. Like most of Los Angeles, South Gate's median home price is significantly higher than the national average. However, South Gate is a fairly affordable region of LA.